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Greetings for a sweet New Year

The exchanging of Jewish New Year greetings goes back centuries. With the industrial revolution printing became inexpensive and entrepreneurs began selling cards printed specifically for Rosh Hashanah. These cards were …

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Can you spot a fake?

If you were shopping in a market in Thailand and came across a cheap Kate Spade handbag, you would probably be right in thinking that the bag is a reproduction …

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Holocaust survivor, society darling and acclaimed portrait artist

‘’I always say God paints the last brushstroke on my portraits, because I leave them to mature for a few weeks after I’ve finished them and when I come back …

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Save our history

When the Museum opened nearly 25 years ago, the Holocaust Survivors initiated a collection of Holocaust related material by donating precious objects and images. These personal belongings provide the narrative …

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‘You have nothing to lose but your cultural cringe’

The Museum has recently acquired the first ever issue of POL, a cutting edge magazine which expressed the preoccupations of a generation of Australians. The acquisition is part of a …

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In love and Auschwitz

This is an intriguing story of resistance and survival. Born in 1914 in a small Polish village, Salem Schott moved with his family to Berlin after the First World War. …

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A pair of pants from Auschwitz

It is amazing what treasures can be found sitting in the back shed or the garage*. Today we received an extraordinary donation of an Auschwitz concentration camp jacket and pair …

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I need a hero…

“If a person destroys one life, it is as if they have destroyed the entire world. And if a person saves one life, it is as if they have saved …

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What a lot of nonsense

Speakers of Yiddish will be well familiar with the term bobba mayseh. Often mistranslated as “an old wife’s tale” (from bobba = “grandmother” and mayseh = “story”), bobba mayseh a …

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Graphic Art and the Struggle to Represent the Holocaust

Graphic Art and the Struggle to Represent the Holocaust: Wenona High Students create a Holocaust themed Graphic Novel One of the most rewarding experiences for members of the education department …

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The art of interpretation

For this year’s Design Thinking day, the Museum commissioned Year 10 students from the Wenona School to create a graphic novel strip based on the testimony of Holocaust survivor Eddie …

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‘Jewish Wizards’ and where to find them

Throughout pre-modern history, death was a familiar visitor in the home. Even as late as the 18th century, poorer families in Europe could expect that at least half of their …

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The League of Nations

The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child, and at the SJM it has taken a league of nations to build our new exhibition. From Australia, …

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Still too busy to blog…

It’s not unusual these days to see our curators caked in dust, ferrying wads of paper around and consulting with construction workers. In lieu of a written update, Head Curator Roslyn …

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Vale Edith Szanto

I met Edith more than ten years ago one Sunday morning in shopping centre of all places. There she was, sitting next to me as I had my coffee, this …

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Inside the autograph book

  The autograph book above was donated to the museum by Yola Schneider (nee Rawdin). It was presented to her new, at the school she attended in Piastów, Poland following …

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